Demand for healthcare services is high in Hong Kong, and the public healthcare system is constantly overloaded.

Launched in phases, The Community Chest Medical Assistance Fund (MAF) aims to respond to a huge demand for medical needs to targeted beneficiaries who are not eligible to receive assistance from the existing public and private medical assistance schemes. Also, it will bring about improvements to the quality of life of these patients, lessen their financial burdens of medical care and help shorten the long waiting time facing them when seeking medical services.

The Community Chest Medical Assistance Fund
Member Agency
Supported Service
Project Description
Contact Information
Hong Kong Kidney Foundation Limited
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) Machine Free Loaning Programme
(2022/23 – 2024/25)
Patients with end-stage kidney disease
The Hospital Authority (HA) provides continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) to patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) so that their life span can be prolonged. CAPD is a good treatment option but requires the patient to perform the treatment (fluid exchange) three to four times a day, each taking 45 to 60 minutes. This is inconvenient for patients who are working or studying full time. Another self-care method is automated peritoneal dialysis (APD), which uses a machine to performing multiple exchanges at night in the comfort of the patient’s own home. This means that the patients are free from treatment during the day, thus enabling a better quality of life and the achievement of full rehabilitation. However, the APD machine is not affordable for low-income patients.
The Chest will support the member agency to purchase new APD machines and loan them to low-income patients with ESKD free of charge, especially those who are studying or working full time.
Youth Diabetes Action
To support pediatric diabetic patients using Continuous Glucose Monitor
(2022/23 – 2024/25)
Pediatric patients with diabetes
Diabetic patients have to test their blood glucose levels before meals four or more times per day. They have to use a lancet, a small needle-like medical device, to prick their fingertips to collect blood samples.
Alternatively, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) can be used which can alleviate the finger-pricking pain. However, the cost for using a CGM is not affordable to patients from low income families.
The Chest will provide CGMs to patients below the age of 16 from disadvantaged families to help them monitor their blood glucose levels.
Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service

Hong Kong Children and Youth Services
Adolescent Mental Health Early Assessment Service
(2022/23 – 2024/25)
Youth from disadvantaged families with mental health issues
Due to financial difficulties, youth from disadvantaged families with mental health issues have to rely on the public healthcare system for services. As the demand far outstrips supply, there is a long waiting list for both assessment and treatment. In most cases, the golden time for treatment may be missed due to the long wait. An alternative option is to seek help from private mental health professionals so as to avoid the long wait.
The Chest will support two member agencies providing early intervention mental health services with either a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist or a counsellor. Together with prescription drugs, this will provide patients with access to timely and appropriate mental health assessment and treatment.
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